Favorite Beauty Products of 2016

Initially I wanted to do a full blog post on all the products I used the most last year but it became too tedious for me so I scrapped it. This is almost super overdue!!!

FOR THE FACE
The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion (replaced with The Face Shop Mickey Mouse cushion!)
Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation
Glossier Stretch Concealer in Dark 30
NARS Blush in Orgasm
MAC Blush in Blush Baby
Canmake Cream Cheek

FOR THE BROWS
Maybelline Define-A-Brow┬« Eyebrow Pencil – most underrated brow product ever
MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in True Brunette – my holy grail of all holy grails
Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 30
KATE Eyebrow Pencil in BR-2
Cybercolors Micro Eyebrow Pen in Brown
3CE Slim Eyebrow Pencil

FOR THE EYES
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer

FOR THE LIPS
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita (finished, should I repurchase? stage)
MAC Lipstick in Retro
Glossier Balm Dotcom (hearts for the mint flavor)
Glossier Generation G in Cake
Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet in 7 Plum Plum Pidou
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips in November (Colourpop x KathleenLights collab)

FAVORITE BRUSHES & TOOLS
Wet n Wild Vegan Brushes Collection
Zoeva 125 Stippling Brush
BYS Angled Liner Brush (for the brows)
Cybercolors Eyebrow Brush
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

The Sunday Currently, v25

FEELING
A bit of regret over eating that bowl of rice for dinner. Mom cooked shrimp and it was too good. A bit tired too because I was semi-working all weekend. I am also very very sleepy and will probably doze off as soon as this entry is published.

READING
No book atm because I’m so bad at reading books nowadays. I promise I’m going to catch up!

WATCHING
Descendants of the Sun and it’s seriously stressing me out. I think gone are the days when I could stomach deep Song Joong Ki (e.g. The Innocent Man/Nice Guy) dramas. It’s seriously stressing me out even though I’m just on episode 5. I might consider switching to a lighter one and people have been recommending Weightlifting Fairy.

WEARING
The same black dress I wore this morning to work. Yes, I worked this weekend!

HOPING
For this week to be a strong, productive, kick-ass week in terms of work. And that I don’t spend anymore.

LISTENING

LOVING
That I can easily fall asleep at night now because my job is pretty mentally demanding on most days. Save for my recent PMS, I have not had a bout of insomniac tendencies.

THINKING
About how I miss Mark. I think about him every day and everything still hasn’t fully sunk in. When will it?

Things I Love Thursday, #9

Sunnies Specs in Reagan Bronze

I used to wear the Alister prior, but in less than 6 months my grade shot up and wearing plastic lenses suddenly became so heavy. I tried their metal collection and was pleasantly surprised at how I loved the fit of the Reagan. What I like about Sunnies Specs is that it’s stylish but inexpensive.

Kehlani’s Distraction

Been obsessed with this song recently.

Terrace House Aloha State

Terrace House Aloha State is a Japanese reality show centered around human beings who live and interact with each other for a certain amount of time. This time, it’s set in North America so relationships and way of life are more Westernized as opposed to the original series. Everything is based among the famous Japanese simplicity of interior design and cinematography. Impatiently patiently waiting for Part 2 to come out on this side of Netflix!

Riverdale

I can’t really say I love Riverdale yet, but the fact that I keep watching it every week is an indication of my interest. I kind of gave up on American hour-long TV shows for a good year or more now. I think I may even love the characters more than I love the storyline, and the aesthetic is pretty great even though I don’t feel like it totally matches the supposed tone of the ensemble. I guess I was really just spoiled by the comics growing up. Let’s see how long I can keep up with it!

New MacBook Pro

It’s a work machine, and I’m so happy because I didn’t have to shell out a couple of thousand bucks for it. I finally got to replace my 2011 MBP and this time it’s 15″ and retina! Work asked me to choose if I wanted the 2016 ones but I opted for the previous line before that. I can’t live a life of dongles, not into that yet. Suddenly with retina the world is so clear.

Random Questions Vol. 3

What’s a typical Sunday like:
I quite love my Sundays. It’s usually church by mid-morning with Mom and Jana, then off to lunch. Groceries or shopping in the afternoon, then chill at coffee shops before heading back home to cap off the weekend!

Name three things that are physically close to you:
My laptop, my phone, my flavor of the moment. I have this thing where if I like something I have to sleep with it, except clothes (sometimes!) and shoes. So like if I bought a new planner or a new pen or new makeup, then there’s a huge probability that it’s beside me when I sleep.

The drink you always order at Starbucks:
Apple Berry Juice Freeze, but they recently officially took it off the list. I’ve been ordering it off-menu for a good two years. Sigh! Other than that it’s Iced Soy Green Tea Latte Venti, but with 2 scoops of green tea, 3 pumps mocha, and 3 pumps vanilla. Yes, I’m one of those annoying people with a customized order sounding like an asshole when talking to a barista (I try to be as nice as possible, though!). Sorry not sorry because I’m getting my money’s worth.

Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?
Definitely. COKE FOR LIFE. I always said I better end up with a Pepsi-loving guy so that we didn’t have to fight for soda.

Your go-to karaoke song:
This is a tough question because I hoard the karaoke database. But on the top of my head it would be classics like Carole King’s It’s Too Late, Faith Hill’s There You’ll Be and Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain! Then there’s Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You or any Adele song if the database is recent.

What you do to relax:
Play SimCity BuildIt on the iPad. I’ve been playing this almost daily for 3 years and counting!

Something you have to do before sleeping:
Read something so I can fall asleep. Whether an article from my phone or a book on my Kindle.

Top 5 favorite memories from 2016:
1. Watched Matilda on Broadway in NYC
2. Niagara Falls
3. Spending my birthday in Jakarta
4. Boracay trip
5. Both my Manila trips where I spent time with Rob & Mark

A current fashion trend that you think you won’t be able to pull off:
Silk pajamas! I wish I can rock them without looking like I’m off to bed!

Current or recent obsession:
Terrace House Aloha State and I wish Part 2 gets released already.

January: An Eventful Month

Usually when January ends I would be like, “That was fast!” and wonder how the month flew by just like that. It’s quite different this time. Last month was pretty damn eventful that it would be a waste not to write about it and look back on all the events that took place. This might be a long one!

Birthdays
My childhood best friend Hazel celebrated her 30th with a bang. 3 decades is a feat and should be celebrated just like she did it. We’ve been friends for 23 years and I’ve missed her birthdays because I would always be out of the country for Christmas but I’m glad I was here this time, and for her 30th at that!

Jana also celebrated her 17th birthday at home with about 30 of her friends. The older my sister grows the older it makes me but honestly, it just feels like the generation gap between us gets smaller. She was such a baby to me before, but now I can even start taking her out with my friends.

Professional Milestone
It is with a bit of sadness that I say I am no longer a digital nomad. The upside is, it’s a step up the ladder in my professional journey. New industry, new challenges, new people, and a new office.. but still at the core of my “expertise” which is marketing. Excited to see what this journey brings me. It feels a bit full circle, from studying most of my life in an international school, now here I am working in one. Talk about giving back.

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